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Politics
8:40 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Let The Sunshine In: Missouri Law On Open Records Lacks Teeth, Critics Say

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 11:58 am

Sunday was the start of "Sunshine Week," a time to celebrate the idea of open government and open records. But in Missouri, you might want to hold off on popping the champagne.

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Politics
8:10 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Nixon expected to call for Medicaid expansion, education funding

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver his annual State of the State address Tuesday night, during which he'll unveil his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

The governor is expected to announce funding increases for both K-12 schools and higher education, along with a warning to House and Senate GOP leaders not to cut taxes.  Nixon vetoed last year's tax cut bill (HB 253) and successfully fought off an attempted veto override last fall.  The Democratic governor is also expected to make another pitch for expanding Medicaid.

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Education
8:15 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Jefferson Day Care Center celebrates 'Missouri Start Smart' grant

At Nixon's 2013 State of the State address, the governor called for increased funding for early-childhood education programs in the state.
Credit Andrew Yost

Governor Jay Nixon was at the Jefferson Day Care Center yesterday promoting his plan to increase funding for pre-k education in Missouri.

The governor recently awarded two other grants to the Kansas City School District, to help provide access to quality education to children in day care before entering kindergarten. The governor's visit to the Jefferson City Day Care Center celebrated the day care center's participation in the so-called "Missouri Start Smart" grant initiative.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:17 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Flooding causes state of emergency in Pulaski County

Light rain falls Tuesday morning on the MSU campus. Additional rains throughout the region on top of already saturated soil is causing flash flooding
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain caused flash flooding in the south-central part of the state. Nixon has spoken with emergency responders in Pulaski County and Waynesville, assuring them the region will get help.

A child was killed and several homes and businesses damaged after several inches of rain last night and this morning caused flooding in Waynesville. The Highway Patrol deployed extra troopers, a rescue helicopter and other assets to help emergency responders. Nixon's executive order also activates the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, allowing state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions on emergency services.

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Politics
8:07 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Nixon Signs Several Bills Impacting Military Veterans

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Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 4:24 pm

Reporting by Jacob McCleland of KRCU.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed several pieces of legislation Wednesday related to veterans.

One bill requires licensing boards to accept military training and education for licensing requirements.

At a press conference in Cape Girardeau, Nixon said many members of the military have skill sets that are very transferable to the workplace, like truck drivers and emergency medical technicians - or EMT's.

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue July 2, 2013

State organization creates lottery to reward legislators supporting veto of tax legislation

Critics of state tax legislation passed in this year's legislative session, and vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon, say Missouri schools would pay the price.
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Progress Missouri is seeking to reward Missouri state representatives who decide to support Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of an expensive tax bill.

Critics of the legislation say the tax bill would reduce general revenue in the state, and cut funds from schools and communities, while increasing taxes on prescription drugs.

State representatives who vote to override the veto will be entered in Progress Missouri’s lottery. One representative’s name will be drawn, and an aerial banner will be flown over a high school or college football game in his or her home district.

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Politics
8:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Nixon Signs Bill Blocking Scanning Of Documents For Driver's Licenses

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Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 11:17 am

Perhaps in an effort to put an end to an ongoing political battle over the practice, Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation blocking the Department of Revenue from scanning and storing documents required to get a driver's license.

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Arts and Culture
8:57 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Columbia's Green Meadows neighborhood connects to trail, Nixon unveils '100 Missouri Mile' project

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Thousands of Missourians across the state are challenging themselves to log 100 miles of outdoor activity before the year ends. Columbia Parks and Recreation officials held a dedication ceremony for the Greenbriar Trail connector yesterday evening.

For Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs, safety for residents was the biggest concern. The new connector trail links about 1,500 homes in the Green Meadows area to the Columbia trail system that were previously without access.

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Business
8:43 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Boeing to add 400 new jobs at St. Louis County campus

Office of Mo. Gov. Nixon

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 6:08 pm

Governor Jay Nixon (D) says Boeing will expand its operations in St. Louis County.

The Governor made the announcement during a trade mission in Western Europe.  He told reporters via conference call that Boeing will add a new technology information center to its campus in St. Louis County.  Both Nixon and Boeing officials were in attendance this week at the International Paris Air Show in France.

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Politics
8:07 am
Thu June 6, 2013

How the income-tax issue is about more than Missouri and its governor

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Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 4:54 pm

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have cut Missouri’s income tax rates for the first time in 90 years.

The Republican-led General Assembly passed the bill in large part pointing to neighboring Kansas which already has slashed its personal and corporate income taxes.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, the Democratic governor says the cuts would hurt Missouri education and other state services.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. bill lets foster care kids re-enter system

Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
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Children leaving Missouri's foster care system after their 18th birthday would be able to return to state custody under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Politics
8:41 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Fulton mental health, parks and Capitol building would get improvements with House-approved plan

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:52 pm

The Missouri House has adopted Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposal announced Thursday to add $86 million to a capital improvements bill.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Mo. Senate budget plan notable for zeros

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Missouri senators are considering a roughly $25 billion budget plan that may be most notable for what it doesn't contain.

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Politics
8:38 am
Wed April 10, 2013

State senators approve bill banning DOR from scanning source documents

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:39 am

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the Department of Revenue (DOR) from scanning and storing source documents for driver’s license, conceal-carry, and other applications.

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Talking Politics
12:29 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Governor Nixon continues to push business side of Medicaid expansion

Gov. Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

This week on the show: the Medicaid expansion debate continues. Plus: what Mid-Missourians are concerned about as the President prepares for his State of the Union address.

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Politics
8:53 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Missouri's Inauguration Day arrives for Gov. Nixon and statewide office holders

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 7:55 am

Missouri’s inauguration day has arrived, as Governor Jay Nixon (D) and several other state office holders prepare to be sworn in.


It’ll be the second term for most of those taking the oath of office, including Democrats Nixon, Attorney General Chris Koster, and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel.  Fellow Democrat Jason Kander, the incoming Secretary of State, will be the only statewide office newcomer.  Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder will be taking the oath of office for the third time, and his third term may prove to be very short if his bid to replace southeast Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R) succeeds.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Nixon urges renewal of some Sunshine Law exemptions

Gov. Jay Nixon has scheduled a news conference for today, looking at renewing some Sunshine Law exemptions.
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon is urging renewal of exemptions from Missouri's open records law for security systems of government buildings and policies for responding to terrorism.

The exemptions protecting such information from disclosure expired at the end of 2012.

Nixon has scheduled news conferences on the topic today at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Missouri State Highway Patrol General Headquarters in Jefferson City. Law enforcement and public school district officials are scheduled to take part.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Santa comes early for some politicos, with end-of-year donations

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Wealthy Republican donors are starting Christmas early. Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25,000 to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday. Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about $1.5 million to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.

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Politics
8:42 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Missouri officials engage in gun control discussion, following Newtown tragedy

More guns in schools is the recommendation of Republican state Representative Stanley Cox, of Sedalia. The national debate about guns and school safety is echoed by Missouri politicians.
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The national discussion about gun control following the Newtown, Conn. shootings that killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, is also playing out in Missouri.

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